Future Food System tours, dinners to continue at Federation Square until mid-2022

Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett with Joost Bakker (right) inside the Future Food System kitchen.
Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett with Joost Bakker (right) inside the Future Food System kitchen. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Joost Bakker's self-sufficient house occupied by star chefs Jo Barrett and Matt Stone has had its run in the city extended to June 2022. The closed-loop living quarters, dubbed Future Food System, was originally due to move to Bakker's mother's property after a nine month stint at Federation Square.

Delayed by last year's lockdown, the doors opened in late January and Barrett and Stone began offering dinners for 14 guests at a time, writing menus based exclusively on what they could grow or raise within the house.

An aquaponics system within the staircase provides freshwater fish, outdoor garden beds supply seasonal vegetables and ingredients such as tiger beans (an essential for dairy-free desserts), and an indoor wall of mushrooms catches the eye when guests arrive.

Those dinners will continue, plus Future Food System will offer guided tours, and new 3D virtual tours, for those who want to learn how the zero-waste house works.

"I'm a firm believer in inspiring change through action and Future Food System is a living and breathing example of that," said Bakker in a statement. "I genuinely believe we can live sustainably through educating people on solutions which bring about positive change."

Fed Square also plans to hold its annual Sustainable September Festival, with program details to be revealed soon.

Future Food System, Princes Walk, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. Tours $25, dinner $390, bookings essential: futurefoodsystem.com